With maintaining reluctance, citizens have phoned into Congress at record numbers this week in an effort to strike down Betsy DeVos’ potential confirmation as Secretary of Education.
According to a spokesperson for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), regional Senate offices averaged close to 1.5 million constituent phone calls and letters each day this week.
An advocate for school choice, billionaire Betsy DeVos inched closer to being confirmed as head of the Department of Education this morning. A 52-48 vote in the Senate early today will see Devos only days away from a final vote in Congress, but her opposition remains fierce.
Numbers of Congressional members have been bombarded with citizens pleading for DeVos confirmation to be defeated, and at record numbers. An employee for Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) stated today that he had received “80,000 letters from constituents about DeVos’ confirmation alone.” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) tweeted that the unusually high numbers of attempted contact shattered Senate records.
DeVos’ belief in school choice and gun-free school zones has united teacher groups and other activists in a grassroots campaign to expel Trump’s nominee. Continued protest of DeVos has led to Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski swaying from their previous votes to confirm DeVos. At a current 50-50 deadlock, Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote would eventually confirm DeVos to her post.
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